Rio Ferdinand's tour diary: July 11

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Manchester United have begun the first chapter of David Moyes' reign as the club's manager after the Premier League champions touched down in Bangkok for their first stop off on their pre-season tour.

Moyes will preside over his first match as the club's new manager on Saturday as the Red Devils face the Singha All Stars, and the United players will be eager to impress the former Everton boss before the start of the new season.

Rio Ferdinand is one of those keen to get off on the right foot with Moyes, and says each of the Manchester United players knows they must perform well during the friendly fixtures in the coming weeks.

"I think it's natural that everybody here is trying to impress on this tour. When you get a new manager you want to show him that you should be in the starting XI for that first day of the new season and that process has started already," Ferdinand told MUTV.

"We've been back from our holidays for more than a week and it's been a really good start. It's been very, very hard but it's been enjoyable and I think we'll see the benefits of the work we've been putting in back in Manchester and the work we're about to do on tour.

"That will come in the shape of better fitness and a better understanding of the personalities of the players and the coaching staff, because it's a new era for all of us. Hopefully things will come together and we can get off to a good start once the season begins."

Ferdinand is a veteran of a decade of pre-season tours as a Manchester United player, and is well versed in the demands that come with globe-trotting during the summer months.

The 34-year-old is, though, pleased to be back in Thailand for the first part of 2013's summer travels and has praised the passionate fans for the support they provide Manchester United during their time in Asia.

"I love Thailand," he said. "It's a really nice country with great people who love Manchester United. It's crazy whenever we visit this part of the world. The reception we get in the Asian countries is something else entirely. I've never seen fanatics like them.

"They come to airports at mad times in the morning to greet us, they hang around our hotels... it's great and makes us feel really welcome."

Rio Ferdinand will be providing more updates on his official Facebook page during pre-season.

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